Sun | Oct 22, 2017

New commissioner speaks to industry stakeholders

Published:Tuesday | August 8, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Velma Ricketts Walker (second left), commissioner of Customs and CEO of Jamaica Customs Agency, is joined by SSL Group representatives (from left) Erol Smith, executive chairman; Neil Smith, director; Anya-Kaye Smith-Singh, director; and Karen Salmon, sales and marketing officer.
Shipping Association of Jamaica Lunch and Learn attendees listen attentively to Velma Ricketts Walker, commissioner of Customs and CEO of the Jamaica Customs Agency, as she presents highlights of the positive developments taking place at the Jamaica Customs Agency.
Commissioner of Customs and CEO of the Jamaica Customs Agency, Velma Ricketts Walker, makes a presentation at the Lunch and Learn Seminar, held recently at the Shipping Association of Jamaica.
Velma Ricketts Walker, commissioner of Customs and chief executive officer of the Jamaica Customs Agency, is greeted by Erol Smith, chairman of Shipping Services Limited Group, who sponsored the Shipping Association of Jamaica’s Lunch and Learn Seminar on July 26.
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The Shipping Association of Jamaica along with its member companies, Lasocean Agencies Limited and Adolph Levy & Brothers Limited, hosted Chief Executive Officer and Commissioner of Customs Velma Ricketts Walker on July 26. The occasion was a Lunch and Learn Seminar titled, 'Positive Advancements at Jamaica Customs'.

More than 80 persons representing businesses across the supply chain turned out to hear the commissioner present on the agency's plans for enhancing their customers' experience. She outlined an eight-point action plan to achieve this goal, including aspects such as enforcing compliance, reviewing business processes, trade facilitation and stakeholder engagement.

In the forum, the commissioner fielded questions from attendees and was ably supported by members of her team, namely, chief information officer Andre Williams; Senior Director of Operations Selina Clarke-Graham; Senior Legal Director Hazel Edwards; Senior Director of Trade Facilitation and Special Projects Kirk Benjamin; and Director of Public Relations and Customer Services La Donna Manning.